Change Announced In Outdoor Warning Siren Activation
Outdoor warning sirens in
will no longer simultaneously sound when there is a tornado warning anywhere in
sound if the tornado warning is in the direct area of the siren. The sirens will
only be activated for tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service
and will only activate if within the area identified in the warning.
warning sirens are meant to advise you of a tornado warning, but cannot provide
specific information regarding the warning. “When someone hears an outdoor
warning siren, they should immediate seek shelter and seek information from a
reputable source such as phone apps, tv or radio”, according to Bobbi Hicken,
Emergency Management. Everyone is strongly encouraged to have multiple ways to
receive weather alerts and should not rely on one notification process. NOAA
weather radios, phone apps, TV and Radio media are just some of the ways to
receive weather notifications.
Outdoor warning sirens are not intended to be
heard inside buildings and do not cover all areas of the county. For this
reason, they should not be relied upon as a primary source of information.
Because of this new process, it is possible for a siren to activate multiple
times during a tornado warning. There is never an all-clear activation in
multiple times, it means there is still a tornado warning in the area.